Use your iPhone as Photo Light

December 24th, 2013 | by Richard Lui | Comments

I ran into a problem while photographing family on top of the  Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas with a point-n-shoot camera. I wanted to get photos of my family with the glowing lights of Vegas down below. The observation-deck where we stood wasn’t lit. This first photo picked up the city-lights well but left my father-in-law in the dark.

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I then tried the on camera flash. This lit up my subject and the fence on the observation deck but left the Vegas lights unspectacular.

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The solution was to use my iPhone with the flashlight function turned on to light my in-laws. The light from my phone balanced the city lights to make a photo that shows subject and background clearly.  These photos are taken with a point and shoot but this method works with one iPhone as the camera and another one, perhaps borrowed from the person you are shooting as the light source.

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Here’s a shot taken with my DSLR with just ambient light.

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And here’s the same shot with light from the iPhone filling in the shadows and making the photo pop.

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Try this technique the next time you’re around a Christmas tree.

 

 

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